How would you describe yourself? Jamie: "White American with strong connection to my German heritage, as many of our customs/language stem from my grandparents’ German upbringing. I’m also '25% Irish' according to my dad’s family, but aside from my last name and a few small things, there’s not much impact in my life from it. … Continue reading Perspectives on Race #2: Jamie, From the Midwest
"Don't take this the wrong way," she looked up at me quizzically, "but what is your blog actually ABOUT? It kinda seems all over the place. From outrage to reform?" she laughed nervously. I smiled. On Comedy Central, there's a sketch by Key and Peele that I absolutely love. "Luther" as we call him, is a living, … Continue reading From Outrage to Reform: On Race, Power, and Privilege (and sometimes love)
What did you learn this week that you didn't know before, sincerely? 1. I learned that Malay is among the top ten in a list of the languages most widely spoken around the world. Sadly, not only did I not know it was spoken by so many people (approximately 281 million), I had actually never … Continue reading What Did You Learn This Week That You Didn’t Know Before?
When I was 8 years old, my family moved from the all black Southside of Chicago to the all white South Suburbs. At age 8 I could not distinguish the difference between black and white. I had 1 or 2 white teachers at my school, but because of the vast variety in shades of black, I assumed these … Continue reading Perspectives On Race #1
De jure segregation is deliberate, willful, race-based separation engineered by law (i.e. by legislation or state officials). De facto segregation is race-based separation "by fact," but it's not orchestrated by legislation. The literal definition is "in fact" or "in effect." It is presumably innocuous, race-based separation resulting from everyday policies or processes. De facto segregation … Continue reading We Need To Have A Conversation About Race. Even if the conversation is futile (Part 3 of 6).
It started with flyers. Flyers that were advertised primarily to poor African-American men and were promoted in black neighborhoods. By the time the experiment ended in 1972, 28 men had died of syphilis, 100 had died of directly related complications; at least 40 wives had contracted it, and 19 children were born with it. It … Continue reading We Need To Have A Conversation About Race: Ain’t Gone Hurt Nobody (Part 2 of 6)
I was the odd man out at the staff holiday party, so I meandered over to the food table. I wasn’t full-time yet, so I wasn’t sure whether I was welcome. I’d made that mistake once before and wouldn’t dare repeat it. I looked around awkwardly for someone to talk to. Someone witty, or someone … Continue reading We Need To Have A Conversation About Race. Here, I’ll Go First (Part 1 of 6).
My 3rd graders were really impressed that I'd heard of this guy called "Michael Jackson." They kept shouting out random songs and phrases to make sure I knew. "There's this one song called Thriller that's really cool! And there's this dance that goes with it, but you have to make yourself look kind of like … Continue reading I Shoulda Been A D.J. (Songs In The Key of Life)
I don’t want to live a life characterized by anger. It’s why I write, why I move, why I leave. It’s why I value reconciliation, resolution, and reflection. It’s why I don’t watch movies with Kirsten Dunst, Nicolas Cage, or Angelina Jolie: I don’t want to live a life characterized by anger. For the last … Continue reading Fifty Quotes That Changed My Life
I'm a redneck woman, I ain't no high class broad. I'm just a product of my raisin', I say hey y'all and yee-haw. And I keep my Christmas lights on on my front porch all year long, and I know all the words to every Tanya Tucker song. So here's to all my sisters out … Continue reading Tuck Fexas (You Should Talk To Your Children About Race)